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Law minister: Jahalam’s imprisonment unfortunate

  • Published at 10:31 pm February 7th, 2019
File photo of Law Minister Anisul Huq Dhaka Tribune

Anisul strongly condemned the incident

Law Minister Anisul Huq has termed the wrongful imprisonment of innocent Jahalam as “unfortunate.”

Jahalam was imprisoned for nearly three years in cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)

The law minister on Thursday also expressed and hopes that the anti-graft body will soon engage itself in more serious matters again.

"What happened to Jahalam is very unfortunate. I strongly condemn it and hope that the ACC will soon take stern action in this regard," he said.

A worker of the Bangladesh Jute Mills in Narsingdi’s Ghorashal, Jahalam, was arrested in 2016 after he was mistaken for Abu Salek; who was originally accused in 33 cases filed over loan fraud and embezzlement of Tk18.5 crore from Sonali Bank Limited.

Although Jahalam's village address was nowhere to be found in Abu Salek's 10 bank accounts, they mentioned the name of a village next to Jahalam's village, which turned out be the cause of his misfortune.

Anisul was speaking to journalists at the Secretariat after holding a meeting with a five-member team from the United Nations (UN).

Regarding the meeting, Anisul said: "We have expressed our opinion on and commitment to human rights. We said that the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina aims to establish human rights in the country and is working towards it tirelessly."

“During the meeting, the UN team talked about the Digital Security Act, mainly against it, and we clearly expressed the government's position.

“They also wanted to know more about forming some new laws like an evidence act, anti-discrimination act while we informed them that we are working on an evidence act and a meeting will take place over forming an anti-discrimination act next month," he said.

Replying to a query of journalists on the Rohingya refugees, Anisul said:”The Rohingya issue did not come up today (Thursday).”